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  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

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    Delaware painter dies after scaffolding collapses

    A painter died Monday morning after falling from the roof of a Mill Creek home when his scaffolding collapsed, in the second fatal accident at a Delaware home in the past week. It was not clear Monday what caused the scaffolding to collapse, or whether the incident had been referred to Fed-OSHA. Authorities say the victim and a co-employee, who were employed by a tree cutting service, were cutting down a tree in the backyard of the home when the victim was hit by a branch. Delaware News Journal

     

    Safety groups respond to Fed-OSHA family communication plan

    Earlier this month, Fed-OSHA issued updated guidance on working with families. It includes communicating about inspections, findings, and the closing of investigations. Leaders of workplace safety organizations have welcomed the new guidance to improve communications with surviving family members when the agency investigates workplace fatalities, calling it “an important step in the right direction.” Facility Executive

     

    South Carolina OSHA announces intent to develop general infectious disease standard

    The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation last week announced its intent to develop a general OSHA standard intended to address workplace hazards from all infectious diseases in the workplace, writes Jonathan Crotty of Parker Poe. JD Supra

     

    Michigan rep calls for investigation after death of steelworker who fell from catwalk

    Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell is asking for an investigation into AK Steel after an employee fell from an elevated catwalk and died July 16 at the company’s plant in Dearborn. In her letter to Fed-OSHA, Dingell requests a full investigation into workplace safety standards and management policies at the site. Click on Detroit

     

    Feds and states not taking radioactivity from fracking seriously: Report

    Fracking, which can blast known toxins such as radium, lead and polonium out of rock formations, might be an economic boon to some landowners in depressed sections of Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and much of West Virginia, but federal and state officials are not adequately protecting citizens from the radiation hazards posed by the process, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ohio Capital Journal

     

    Illinois officials provide steps to prevent violence on the job

    State officials in Illinois on Monday announced the Illinois Department of Labor is highlight steps to prevent violence on the job. KWQC (Davenport, Iowa)

     

    ‘To cope with the labor shortage, raise emotional compensation’

    Raising wages and offering attractive benefit packages are the primary and traditional tools employers have used to attract and retain quality people. In this new environment, however, employers should not limit their thinking to compensation that is purely financial, writes Michael Lee Stallard, of E Pluribus Partners. Government Executive